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    AT THE DIALOGUE IN NANAIMO: “Beyond the Guidebook 2010 describes how water sustainability can and will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices. Getting there relies on a change in mind-set,” stated John Finnie, Chair, CAVI-Convening for Action on Vancouver Island


    “Beyond the Guidebook 2010 describes how water sustainability can and will be achieved through implementation of green infrastructure policies and practices. Getting there relies on a change in mind-set,” stated John Finnie. Beyond the Guidebook 2010 is the story of what has been accomplished on the ground. It demonstrates that the practitioner culture is changing as an outcome of collaboration, partnerships and alignment. It also provides local governments with ‘how to’ guidance for developing outcome-oriented urban watershed plans.

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    CONVENING FOR ACTION ON FRESH WATER SUSTAINABILITY: ‘Dialogue in Nanaimo’ is a stepping stone to the ‘State of the Island Economic Summit’ in October 2010


    In June 2010, Leadership Vancouver Island and the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance (VIEA) initiated a community dialogue about Fresh Water Sustainability. “We have had the guts to start this dialogue, but we will also need bigger guts to complete what we started. Part of the process is summarizing what we heard today, inviting people back to the table to talk about what we have determined in that summary, and then putting together a plan of action together for moving forward. When we have that plan in draft format, we will be hosting a breakout session at the State of the Island Summit ,” stated Cori Lynn Germiquet.

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    CONVENING FOR ACTION ON VANCOUVER ISLAND: Fresh Water Sustainability is in Our Hands! – the theme for the Dialogue in Nanaimo (June 2010)


    “We have to move beyond the technical and the engagement of local governments towards a universal commitment to sustainability on Vancouver Island. Taking the greater context, we are now ready to take the next step towards engaging the public, business, schools and community organizations in a united front to play their respective role in sustainability initiatives based upon the fundamental requirement of water sustainability,” stated Eric Bonham. “Why not follow the leadership of Chemainus,’the little town that did’, and expand the vision to ‘the island that did’.”

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    AT THE DIALOGUE IN NANAIMO: Ted van der Gulik explained why the Ministry of Agriculture & Lands is leading the Water Balance Model initiative


    “Farmers are saying it is not the big storms that cause them problems. Rather, it is all the little storms. All the water from the uplands is just enough that the farmers cannot get on their land and plant or harvest their crops,” stated Ted van der Gulik. “(Development in the uplands) is affecting the way we are trying to manage agriculture. So we need to change the way we are doing things in the uplands. It is about replenishing the groundwater.”

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    Launched in 2002, Leadership BC is a British Columbia Chamber of Commerce initiative to seek out and cultivate potential and emerging leaders


    Launched in 2002, Leadership BC is a BC Chamber of Commerce initiative to build local capacity. Nanaimo and Ladysmith were the pilot projects for this provincial initiative. The two were subsequently amalgamated to form Leadership BC – Central Vancouver Island. “Our mission is to seek out and cultivate potential and emerging leaders. The program goal is to prepare community leaders across BC to take an active role in moving their communities forward by working with them to foster a better understanding of how the issues impacting their communities are interconnected and by forging stronger relationships among community and regional leaders,” stated Patrick Ross.

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